Originally posted by MadMachinist
If this guy ends up losing his case i will be completely disgusted in my country some of the stuff as it is realy iritates me but this is going way to
Oh... BELIEVE ME... there are more than enough public cases to read up on and get sick.
Here are a few examples, courtesy of The Star Ledger, from my neighborhood (NJ), of what I observe as the legal system gone awry.
Each of the following cases represents a murder gone unsolved here in the Garden State.
CASE STUDY NO. 1
Sean Taylor and Johnny Torres Colon died Sept. 11, 2002, in a house on Newark's 13th Avenue, victims of an apparent robbery. Both were shot in the
head and left in a ransacked basement filled with possible clues.
Less than three weeks later, Bloods gang member Tewhan Butler, out on bail in another murder case, was charged with the slayings, largely on the word
of two eyewitnesses. But at trial, the witnesses proved shaky and there was little physical evidence.
Fernard Williams, the crime scene investigator, admitted on the stand he did not dust for fingerprints. Nor did he sample bloodstains, examine
footprints in the mud outside or look for the killer's DNA under the victims' fingernails, according to attorneys.
None of the detectives traced calls Taylor had received on his cell phone just before he was killed. And a spent shell casing on the basement floor
went undiscovered until after police left, when Taylor's mother stumbled across it.
"If you were to grade this crime scene, you would give it an F," defense attorney Michael Robbins told the jury in his summation.
CASE STUDY NO. 2
Terrell Robinson was charged with killing a man outside a Newark bar in 1999. But relatives told an investigator working on Robinson's defense that a
cousin actually committed the crime. They told the investigator that the cousin probably would confess if questioned.
Investigator David Rubin of the Essex County Prosecutor's Office told Robinson's relatives to come to him if they wanted to make a statement. They
showed up late for an appointment and missed him at the office. They had no other contact with Rubin before the trial.
In court, Rubin testified he never looked for Robinson's relatives. After family members took the witness stand for the defense and told their story,
the jury took less than a half-hour to acquit Robinson. The cousin was never arrested.
Superior Court Judge Hector DeSoto, who presided over the trial, took the rare step of criticizing the Prosecutor's Office from the bench.
"It is becoming very, very concerning to this court," he said, "as to the conduct generally of the Essex County Prosecutor's Office ... and the
fact they take the word of anyone and prosecute it in the face of overwhelming evidence against those facts."
CASE STUDY NO. 3
Alto Harris was a likable man who sold hot dogs on Springfield Avenue in Newark. After he wheeled his cart to its storage place on South 7th Street on
Feb. 28, 2000, someone beat him to death.
Three months later, police came across a homeless man, Tommy Fluker, who said he had watched the killing from 50 yards away. He identified the killer
as Larry Jackson, a 36-year-old resident of the area who was known to the locals as "Knowledge." Fluker's testimony was enough to get a grand jury
to indict Jackson.
But when it came time for trial in April 2003, Fluker could not be located at his usual haunt, a shack behind the Newark Knights motorcycle club.
Finding him might not have been enough for authorities: Fluker had testified in another case that he had poor vision and could not afford glasses.
The charges against Jackson were dismissed.
CASE STUDY NO. 4
In February 2001, Lakisha Shiggs told Newark police detectives and investigator Quovella Meawhether of the Prosecutor's Office that she opened the
door of her first-floor apartment on North Munn Avenue after a friend, Kaseem Richmond, was shot in the hallway.
She said the dying Richmond told her, "Kisha, call an ambulance; Kiki shot me." Police said that was a reference to Shawki Arrington, and he was
charged with the murder.
But in a May 2002 memo asking Superior Court Judge Michael Casale to dismiss the charges against Arrington, Assistant Essex County Prosecutor Nicole
Amato wrote the defense had produced two witnesses who said Shiggs was in a second-floor apartment, getting her hair done, during the shooting.
Amato said she confronted Shiggs about the discrepancy and that Shiggs said she had lied because "officers" threatened to take away her children if
she did not give a statement. Her memorandum does not name the officers.
Casale dismissed the charges.
CASE STUDY NO. 5
Ahmad Hagler, a former Morristown High School football star, and two friends were charged in April 2002 with the robbery and murder of a Newark bodega
Edward Tyler, the only eyewitness tying Hagler to crime, testified before the grand jury that he could not see the faces of the assailants but had
identified them by their "skin tone." The grand jury threw out the charges against Hagler, who had been put in jail.
The prosecutor, Jerry Chambers, presented much of the same evidence to a new grand jury a few months later. Only this time, instead of calling Tyler
as a witness, Chambers read from his previous testimony and left out the part where Tyler admitted not seeing their faces, according to a brief filed
in the case by Hagler's attorney, John McMahon.
The new grand jury indicted Hagler for murder. But Superior Court Judge Paul Vichness, after reading McMahon's brief, threw out the indictment.
For the complete article, visit The Star
[edit on 29-6-2006 by vinrock]
[edit on 29-6-2006 by vinrock]